Recently in a comment, The Amazing A-Man mentioned a thing about 80s Tiger Force case allotments. Now this isn’t groundbreaking news, but there were trade magazines back in the 80s that actually gave a breakdown for that kind of stuff!
Ever wonder why Major Bludd, Tripwire and Torpedo all showed up at the same time, late in the 83 comic run? There figures all came out in the second assortment! The two assortments were of 10 figures each, but came in cases of 48, which indicates some figures were short packed. Who were the short packed ones? I dunno, it’d be neat to know.
It’s easy to see why the new characters were separated the way they were. Roadblock, Baroness, Firefly, and Storm Shadow all seem more in line with the 83 designs, than the figures in the second assortment. The new figures in the second assortment, aside from Recondo, also share the distinction of all having rubberized accessories. I’d wager a guess that Duke is in the first assortment, and Rip Cord is in the second. Again they are cases of 48, but this time it’s divided by 16 figures. So it was likely 3 per case.
Zartan was obviously a well publicized figure, too. He gets his own page, and was sold at 24 per case. So despite being a vehicle driver, he should probably be amongst the most common 1984 figures. Though it would be interesting to see how long he was being produced, I wouldn’t be surprised if he wasn’t produced for long for the 1985 production year.
Also, it’s interesting that there was slight changes between the 83 and 84 assortments, regarding already released figures, as Doc and Major Bludd were swapped! Destro was probably moved over just to balance things out.
This is the original prototype Tiger Force team, so there might’ve been some funny business with case breakdown, but originally it was going to be 6 single figures (vs. 7 of the actual release!), and still a 48 figure case. Originally it would’ve been 8 of each figure, which seems kind of insane, but I guess since Tiger Force was only available for 1 year, it would’ve probably done up in a production run that would’ve been more than 50% of a regular 2 year release window. Also the 87 and 88 runs were probably produced in high volume, just based on sales expectations from prior years like 85-86.
Also the Rip Cord, Firefly and Recondo are nice looking figures! I wonder if the picture used on Yo Joe! is still that really grainy jpeg where everything looks brown!
The figures for Slaughter’s Marauders were available in a case of 24. Which probably shows how poorly the line had did in 1987 and 1988 vs. expectations. Or perhaps the Brazilian production of the figures couldn’t have been done in the numbers Hong Kong was doing. I’d say it was probably in the middle, because everyone has a story about seeing Crystal Ball somewhere in the 1990s.
I’m sure there’s more information, as well as more examples of these for other years and mainline stuff, around somewhere, I only kept the images that had any real interest to me. However one of the issues with G.I. Joe fandom, is you’ve got all these people claiming they’re writing articles or books, so this kind of information isn’t disseminated, yet these books and articles haven’t and will never be written.